Edited by Rosa Tamborrino

The AISU LecturesPrecisazioni sulla storia urbana e le sue geografie culturali/Bringing into focus urban history and its cultural geographies are a travelling online forum during the course of 2021.Some brilliant scholars from different countries will deliver keynote lectures from now until December, as part of the programme of The AISU Lectures, to reflect upon and discuss urban history together. We will celebrate the 20 years of AISU!
What do we mean when we talk about urban history? Paraphrasing the title of a well-known novel by Raymond Carver and drawing on the experience of our reflection on the global city in the 9th Congress (a book due for publication soon!), some questions on the diversity and wealth not only of cities, but also of the trajectories and contexts in which our research takes place arise. These are pertinent questions, which are combined with the need to consider how research relates to the current challenges of the city and society. The complexity of recent changes, the introduction of new tools, and a greater awareness of a post-colonial perspective, are just some of the aspects that require some clarification of urban history.
We want to make The AISU Lectures an opportunity for reflection and discussion, with interventions programmed around this wealth and variety of themes and points of observation. We have designed an itinerary to help us discuss an urban history crossed by various disciplinary and cultural perspectives in broad contexts. By broadening our vision and multiplying our comparisons, together we can begin to trace some cultural geographies and bring urban history back into focus today.
In recent years, AISU has become an important reference point for urban studies and an opportunity for numerous scholars to meet. Starting from different disciplinary approaches, we have met with increasing continuity and growing interest, to engage in debate on the common ground that AISU has offered with its congresses. Over the years, the cultural activity carried out by the association has expanded and taken on an international connotation which joins with an Italian identity that lends great significance to physical space and its architectural connotation. The new AISU International logo aims to reflect this breadth of perspective that characterises our association: open, multidisciplinary and inclusive.
Negli anni, l’attività culturale che l’associazione svolge si è ampliata e ha assunto una connotazione internazionale.
AISU intends to involve a large and diverse number of participants in this international programme, so the event is open to active members who will be able to interact and to all other registered listeners, depending on the methods enabled by the online platform. The programme is attached. Stay connected through the website and social media for updates and enrichments.
Save the dates!

The complete program of the AISU Lectures is available, in 2022 all the video recordings of the various lectures will be available on this page.

Francesco Bandarin
Cultural landscapes as heritage: origins, development and current challenges.
Advisor to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, ICCROM and the Center for Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution, formerly UNESCO Deputy Director General for Culture.
Giovedì 27 Maggio ore 18:00, Thursday 27 May at 18:00
Peter Stabel
The Difficulty of Comparing. Pitfalls and Opportunities When Writing a New Synthesis on the Urban History of Medieval Europe, the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds.
Centre for Urban History, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Giovedì 10 Giugno ore 18:00, Thursday 10 June at 18:00
Swati Chattopadhyay
Hacking the Urban Code: Durational Imagination in City-Making.
Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Lunedì 14 Giugno ore 18:00, Monday 14 June at 18:00
Gábor Sonkoly
Contemporary urban heritage as a historical indicator.
Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary
Giovedì 9 Settembre ore 18:00, Thursday 9 September at 18:00
Adrián Gorelik
Considerations on the Latin American urban thought of the twentieth century: ideas, figures and institutions.
Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Giovedì 16 Settembre ore 17:00, Thursday 16 September at 17:00
Simon Gunn
Making the City Mobile: Urban History and the Mobilities Turn.
Centre for Urban History (CUH), University of Leicester, England
Giovedì 30 Settembre ore 18:00, Thursday 30 September at 18:00
Miriam Paeslack
Between Transparency and Fiction: Photographs of U.S. Infrastructural Construction and Recovery.
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Lunedì 11 Ottobre ore 18:00, Monday 11 October at 18:00
Sharon Ament
How a disused late-Victorian Market is finding a new purpose for the people of London.
Museum of London, England
Giovedì 21 Ottobre ore 18:00, Thursday 21 October at 18:00
Vania Herédia
The formation of urban centers in the Italian colonization zone in southern Brazil.
University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Giovedì 4 Novembre ore 18:00, Thursday 4 November at 18:00
Sarah Deutsch
The City as a Site for Gender Performance and Policing.
Duke University, USA
Giovedì 11 Novembre ore 17:00, Thursday 11 November at 17:00
Hidenobu Jinnai
New Trends in Urban History Research in Japan.
Hosei University, Research Center for Edo-Tokyo Studies, Tokyo, Japan
Sabato 20 Novembre ore 10:00, Saturday 20 November at 10:00
Peter Clark
European Urban History and the Value of Studying Urban Regions.
University of Helsinki, Finland
Giovedì 2 Dicembre ore 18:00, Thursday 2 December at 18:00

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